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Be careful if you travel to Greece for the holidays

29 December 2008 / 13:12:01  GRReporter
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It was a miracle that only four people were mildly injured, when a Bulgarian tourist bus turned upside down in Katara in the Ioanina region. The worst injury is that of the 19 year old boy who has thorn his milt. The incident happened on Saturday morning. A Sofia registered bus was travelling without chains and slipped on a snowy turn, it turned upside down and fell in a 6 meter deep precipice. There were 26 passengers and two drivers in the bus.

After the accident, six tourists were taken to the hospital in the nearby city Metzovo. Two were released after the doctor’s examination and the other four were left in the Ioanina hospital for 24 hours. The most serious is the condition of the 19 year old boy with the thorn milt. He was operated on during the night. The other three are not seriously injured. With the help of the local authorities, the Bulgarian tourists got another bus, which took them to Patra – their final destination.

Due to the bad weather and the snowfall the traffic police from Ioanina warns not to travel unless it is absolutely necessary and if you have to travel, to do it with chains. Another snow-plough and one more truck turned upside down during the weekend in northern Greece. Luckily, there were no victims. The lowest temperatures in Greece were measured at the place of the accident in Katara - -6⁰C. Another bus turned upside down in Northern Peloponnese, on the road Prtas-Kalavrita – again with no victims. Three monks were piled under snow in a small monastery in Vlasya around Kalavrita. Firefighter managed to help them out as well as five other cars, which had trouble around Vitina. One shepherd is missing around the Trizina village.

The Greek National Meteorological Service warns that during the first days of the week the weather will be good, the rains will stop but the temperatures will remain low and the roads will be glassy. Greece will greet the New Year with sun and mild wind but from Friday the weather will go bad with snowfalls and stormy winds.

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